Thursday, December 18, 2014

NU Hartford Marathon & Half Marathon sale pricing through Jan 1

Although race registration has been open for the 2015 NU Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon (October 10), we didn’t want to leave our signature shindig out of the season preview party this week!  Register here by January 1 to get special sale pricing.  We’re giving away one NU Hartford Half or Hartford 5K registration in comments below.

Enjoy photo slideshows from race day, One Mile Friday, the HMF FitKids in School Final Mile celebration and our special event with the legendary Kathrine Switzer, Girls on the Run founder Molly Barker and special HMF guest Colleen Alexander.

NU Hartford Marathon & Half Marathon

One Mile Friday, presented by Stanley Black & Decker

HMF FitKids in School Final Mile Event

Girls Night: Powerful Stories from Fearless Women

Comment below sharing your 2015 NU Hartford goal, one randomly selected person will win NU Hartford Marathon or Hartford 5K registration (please note marathon registration not included in promotion).  You can submit your comment anytime until 11:59 pm Friday, 12/19.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

5Ks and Frequent Milers in 2015

The 5K - a great distance for beginners, casual runners looking to keep fit and competitive racers alike.   We’ve got 15 of these 3.1 milers on the calendar for next year (not including those that are associated with multi-distance events like Surftown and NU Hartford).  Learn more about changes and promotions to come and don’t forget to post in comments below to win free registration to any HMF 5K.

Because many of our 3.1 mile events are associated with great causes and community partners, many participants don’t even realize the event is HMF produced or that there’s bound to be another one just around the corner.  In 2015, look for the new "What’s Your Next Race?" promotion to learn more about upcoming events similar to those you’re already running.  We are also expanding our HMF Frequent Milers program, details to be announced early next year.  We've also got great training programs in store for beginners, so encourage a buddy to come along and share your love of running!

We have two popular 5K series coming back in 2015, kicking off the season with the three O’races.  These fun and festive 5Ks will provide another trinity medal opportunity to boost your bragging rights in March.   
Courthouse O’Putnam 5K, Sunday March 15
O’Niantic 5K, Saturday March 21
Max’s O’Hartford 5K, Sunday March 22

The Riverfront Scramble series will offer another big bling opportunity for those that participate in all three of these Hartford 5Ks:
Thursday June 25,  Thursday July 23 and Thursday August 20

A great environment for beginner and competitive women runners, Red Dress Run for Women, presented by UnitedHealthcareSaturday July 11, is set is beautiful Elizabeth Park in West Harford.  A great opportunity to run with a group or in mother-daughter teams, the photos from this year will speak for themselves!

The final race of our season is another family fun West Hartford tradition.

Other 5Ks we’re offering in 2015 include:
CT Race in the Park (New Britain), Saturday May 9
Corey's Catsup & Mustard 5K Run & Charity Walk (Manchester), Saturday June 20
The Rentschler Airfield 5K (East Hartford), Thursday July 16
Pumpkin Run/Walk (Higganum), Sunday October 25
Freedom Run 5K (Hartford), Sunday November 8
Norwich Winterfest 5K, Saturday, November 28

Comment below on which of these events you'd like to win free registration to and why! One randomly selected person will win just for commenting - you can submit your comment anytime until 11:59 pm Friday, 12/19.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Try a Triathlon or Duathlon in 2015

Today we are revisiting great moments in Triathlons and Duathlons to tempt you to add something new to your race goals for 2015. And, we are giving away a tri or du event registration this week in comments below!

Many in the HMF community are hesitant to expand outside running – until their first multi-sport race experience.  If you’re unsure about it, a great way to introduce yourself to triathlons and duathlons is to participant in one as part of a team.  Our multi-sport races also offer options to combine two parts of the event so you can start with what you're most comfortable, observe the transitions and talk to participants after the race before taking it on solo.   

The line-up for 2015 has a lot to offer for various experience levels.  Get a glimpse of the HMF duathlon and triathlon experience in these photos to learn more and comment below on why you already love multi-sport races or why you want to try one in 2015:

Ten Penny Ale Shamrock Duathlon & 3.3 Mile Run (Glastonbury), Sunday May 17

Litchfield Hills Olympic Triathlon (and Duathlon and AquabIke), Sunday, July 19

Niantic Bay Triathlon & Aquabike, Sunday, August 2

Women’s Triathlon (Farmington), Sunday August 30

Comment below on why you already love multi-sport races or why you want to try one in 2015.  One randomly selected person who comments this week will win a free registration to an HMF multi-sport race (you can submit your comment anytime until 11:59 pm Friday, 12/19):

Monday, December 15, 2014

2015 Race Season Countdown is ON!

We’re counting down to open registration for 2015 events this Friday!  Everyday this week, we will highlight a group of 2014 events in photo slideshows to help spark your race-day memories and show those looking for some new experiences and challenges what HMF has to offer. We will give away a FREE registration to someone who comments on the blog (below) this week. 

Today – we’re talking multi-distance events and our big announcement – the new CTfastrak 15K and Relay on Sunday, May 3!  This race will run along the smooth new bus route from New Britain to Hartford and offer 2 or 3 race legs for running with a team or the 15K for those going it solo.  Details will be posted soon – mark your calendars!  We're also working on a new half marathon in southeast CT for June 28, stay tuned in January for details.

The Harvard Pilgrim Middletown Half Marathon and Legends 4-Mile is coming back for it’s second year in downtown Middletown on Sunday, April 12.  Check out highlights from last year’s inaugural run:

The typically sold-out Amica Iron Horse Half Marathon, 10K and 5K will run through the gorgeous town of Simsbury on Sunday, June 7. Don’t wait to register for this one!   Enjoy race photos from 2014:

The Old Wethersfield 5K and 10K is a great PR opportunity, flat and fast with serene surroundings.  This year’s race will be Sunday, August 23.  Check out last year's highlights:

And last but certainly not least, another runner favorite that typically sells out in advance, the Surftown Half Marathon and 5K in Westerly, RI, offers the best ocean views, quaint beach roads and a blast of a post-race party!  Sunday, September 13 - it’s on in 2015!

Comment below on which of these events you'd like to win free registration to and why, and please make sure you include your name in the comment! One randomly selected person will win just for commenting - you can submit your comment anytime until 11:59 pm Friday, 12/19.  Check back tomorrow for another day of race recap and giveaway.